By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Nigeria’s newly appointed Minister of Power, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, has warn the management and staff of the ministry against acts capable of making him lose trust and confidence in them, urging them to work together as a team to ensure that steady supply of power to Nigerians is achieved.
Aliyu made this known while he was being treated to a warm welcome upon assuming office at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the staff must ensure that they do not Indulge in sharp practices because he finds it difficult to deal with dishonest people, adding that he himself does not know how to lie, not to talk of entertaining such from anybody.
“I like honesty. If anybody tells me lies it is difficult to trust him again. I hardly lie. I like orderliness and teamwork. Our work touches on the lives of the over 200 million Nigerians, so it touches all of us” he noted.
He urged the management and staff of the ministry to help him achieve the purpose for which President Muhammad Buhari drafted him from the Ministry of Works and Housing to Power Ministry which according to him is to ensure stable power supply to the people.
Aliyu who came in company of his Water Resources counterpart, explained that he was sent to the ministry to ensure that the 200 million Nigerians get power.
He said that all the directors and their titles should translate to the production of power for Nigerians.
“I want those titles to be translated to the production of power from generation, transmission and distribution of power.
“I was sent here for a purpose as regards power generation, distribution and transmission.
I need not only your hands on deck, I need your mind” he said.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, William Alo, assured the minister that the staff’s honesty and commitment to ensure he succeeds in the ministry.
On September 1, 2021, President Muhammad Buhari appointed Aliyu as the new Minister of Power in place of his predecessor, Sale Mamman.
Aliyu is expected to ensure sanity in the ministry and also make sure that all the agencies in the Ministry of Power submit to constituted authority. Aliyu is also expected to return Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), a major player in the Ministry of Power, back to the industry.
On January 7, 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari removed NBET from the Ministry of Power and took it to Ministry of Finance, due to some irreconcilable differences between the then Minister of Power, Sale Mamman and the then Managing Director of NBET, Ms Marylin Amobi.
Above all, the minister is to ensure that the distribution of meters to Nigerians is concluded next year.